A Digital Printing Network
A client gave us umbrellas and asked us to imprint a logo on them. Initially, we were told that the material was PVC. We tried Solar Print and Solutions Opaque with different heat and pressure settings; neither material would adhere. In one of our experiments, we tried a temperature close what you would use for garments; bad decision. Do not try to apply imprintable materials on EVA at temperatures that you would use for garments; it melts the material and makes a mess. We reported the tragic end of the umbrella that melted to our client and asked if the umbrella was really made of PVC. After a little homework, our client told us that the material was EVA. We were able to get Arlon DPF 8000 to adhere to the EVA (it adheres to just about anything); but, it can be removed if you pick at an edge. Which brings me to a question. Is there a material that can be permanently affixed to EVA?
I just looked it up on Wikipedia and wow it's used in a lot of stuff like sneakers,packaging it's also in the paper of every cigarette made in the US as the stuff that makes them extinguish themselves,if the tobacco won't kill you the paper will. It's melting point is 250.F,? try solar print? goes on at 210.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylene-vinyl_acetate
Solar Print was the first thing we tried because, as you noted, it has a low print temperature. It did not adhere, nopt even a little bit. I have been told that EVA is biodegrable.
Woops, yep saw you tried that first? that might be screening territory? don't do that but looks like heat is not an option. See if they want to exchange for nylon? Or call Stahls they might have an answer.